HO CHI MINH CITY, 19 January 2017: A cable car transfer has been proposed to ease congestion on the approach to Tan Son Nhat International Airport on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City.
Local media reported the project developer, Vu Huy Thang, had proposed building a cable-propelled transit system for passengers to reach Tan Son Nhat International Airport instead of struggling in the usually crowded main streets leading to Vietnam’s busiest airport.
The cable car system would be built in the nearby Hoang Van Thu and Go Vap parks. Read more
SINGAPORE, 19 January 2017: Vietjet has launched its fifth route to Taiwan, linking Ho Chi Minh City with Taichung.
The airline now has the most routes connecting Vietnam and Taiwan and serves more destinations in Taiwan than any other budget airline.
The new service was launched 15 January to meet increased travel demand between the two destinations. Read more
HANOI, 18 January 2017: Vietnam Tourism Association estimates around 6.5 million Vietnamese travelled overseas, last year, an increase of 15% from 2015 and spent around USD7 to USD8 billion.
Local media quoted the association vice chairman, Vu The Binh, saying the association based its estimate on data from tourism authorities in popular destinations that attract Vietnamese tourists such as Thailand, Singapore, China, South Korea and Japan.
“Outbound travel is on the rise, leading to a large pickup in spend…the outbound travel segment is now a strong source of income for many travel agents.” Read more
CAN THO, 17 January 2017: Can Tho City is seeking government approval to establish its own tourism department separate from the country’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Saigon Times media quoted the department deputy director, Le Minh Son, saying the proposal has been sent to the central government through the Department of Home Affairs of Can Tho.
“A separate tourism department would help enhance the management and promotion of tourism,” he said. Read more
QUANG NGAI, VIETNAM, 16 January 2017: Quang Ngai provincial People’s Committee has recently approved a plan to upgrade the walking street along the coast of Ly Son Island.
Local media reported the walking street would stretch 3 km from Ly Son High School to Ly Son Wharf and will be decorated with lights strung from the street’s trees.
In addition, surrounding areas are popular spots to visit for shopping, a night market, and restaurants serving local dishes, the report said. Read more
HO CHI MINH CITY, 13 January 2017: Ho Chi Minh City’s Tourism Association has asked the government to extend the visa waiver for citizens of five western European nations at least until the end of June 2018.
Nationals of the five countries — United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Spain — currently enjoy visa-free travel for a 15-day stay until the ruling expires 30 July this year.
Saigon Times media quoted the association vice chairwoman, Nguyen Thi Khanh, saying: “We want the visa waiver to last at least until 30 June, next year, and hope the government will make a decision soon, so we can map out promotion programmes.” Read more
HO CHI MINH CITY, 12 January 2017: Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism released, late last week, a code of conduct, printed on folding fans, that target domestic and foreign tourists in an effort to build a reputation as a safe and hospitable destination.
Tourists are being advised to respect local customs and culture, abide by regulations at tourist attractions and public areas, provide help for the disabled, the elderly, children and women, and protect the environment.
They are also strictly prohibited from disrespecting cultural and historical relics as well as being told not to waste food and beverages. Read more
BANGKOK, 10 January 2017: Bangkok Airways reports it will increase its Danang flights to daily effective 2 February.
The increase comes less than a year after it introduced a Bangkok-Danang flight.
The current service operators four times a week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday using a 138-seat Airbus A319. Read more
HO CHI MINH CITY, 9 January 2017: Ho Chi Minh City authorities are reviewing a plan to make the city’s museums i ‘smart’ through the use of the latest technology.
Tuoi Tre News reported the ‘smart museum’ model will be tested at sellected establishments in around the southern city.
Pilot schemes are planned at the Southern Women’s Museum in District 3 and the Cu Chi Tunnels, before being tested at other museums across the city. Read more
HO CHI MINH CITY, 6 January 2017: Tan Son Nhat International Airport will undergo an urgent expansion to increase annual handling capacity to 48 million passengers spread over four terminals that should be fully operational by 2021.
Saigon Times media reported that Deputy Prime Minister, Trinh Dinh Dung, has urged relevant ministries, agencies, and Ho Chi Minh City authorities to support a comprehensive plan to expand the airport.
The plan includes adding aircraft parking slots, taxiways, runways and two terminals, as well as improving the air traffic management system and roads connecting the airport to the city centre. Read more